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Elsie Marley

Elsie Marley has grown so fine Traditional nursery rhyme. Date: circa 1912

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© Mary Evans Picture Library/Peter & Dawn Cope Collection

Elsie Ethel Grown Larcombe Marley Nursery Rhyme


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Elsie Marley: A Timeless Tradition - Circa 1912 This photograph, titled "Elsie Marley: She's Grown So Fine," dates back to 1912 and features a young girl named Elsie Marley, captured in a moment of innocent charm. The image, taken by the renowned photographer Ethel Larcombe, is a beautiful representation of the traditional nursery rhyme that bears Elsie's name. The rhyme, which goes, "Elsie Marley, Elsie Marley, She's grown so fine, Her apron string is frayed at the end, And her petticoat is torn," has been a beloved part of English folklore for generations. The rhyme's origins are uncertain, but it is believed to have originated in the late 1800s. In this photograph, Elsie Marley embodies the essence of the nursery rhyme, her youthful beauty and innocence shining through. Her cherubic cheeks, rosy lips, and twinkling eyes are a testament to the simple joys of childhood. The frayed apron string and torn petticoat, while signs of wear and tear, only add to the charm of the image, highlighting the passage of time and the fleeting nature of childhood. The photograph is a poignant reminder of the rich history and tradition of nursery rhymes, which have captivated the imaginations of children and adults alike for centuries. It is a glimpse into the past, a window into a simpler time, and a celebration of the enduring power of storytelling. Ethel Larcombe's masterful composition and use of natural light create a timeless image that transcends the boundaries of time and culture. This photograph is not only a beautiful work of art but also a precious piece of history, a reminder of the simple pleasures of childhood and the enduring power of tradition.

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